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Knappstein Reserve Lager | Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)

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88
very good
58 Reviews
Knappstein Reserve LagerKnappstein Reserve Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
Australia | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Bavarian-style Lager.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 11-05-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
80
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
15.19%
 
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 80
Photo of philphilphil
2.13/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Got it from my friends fridge, within freshness date. This beer has definately been overrated by the earlier reviewers.
Smell is a floral and strong, bit over the top.
Not exceedingly carbonated.
Taste is too, too strong, offensively so, masks the high ABV, but at the cost of making each sip an effort. Maybe just not to my taste.
I wouldn't drink another if it were free. Tasted like a classy version of crown lager which I hate. maybe it is just not to my taste.

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Photo of rec
2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The pour was generally good, with reasonable head and stand-out lacing. On the nose I recognise honey, malt, hops and farmyard undertones. Quite full, and rather pleasant.

The first sip knocked me back with a cringe; overpowering tart came through like a train wreck with a bitter, sour awful finish. Somewhere in there is some light fruit, but even half way through the bottle each sip is a chore.

I hope I have been given a bad bottle, otherwise this is one I'll personally recommend that you avoid at all costs.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.92/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ML into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A-- Poured a light straw color. Half inch head with good retention and very carbonated.

S-- Took a good minute or 2 for the beer to open up. Once it did I got a decent floral smell. Nothing real strong but is there. Also a bit sweet, like pineapple and mango sweetness. Once the beer opens up a bit it does go from floral to fruity.

T-- Not a lot really. Fairly neutral I thought. Got a floral taste in the end but not a whole lot else. A little bit of bitterness, or grassy taste from the hops but very neutral.

M-- Well carbonated and fairly lively. Much more hoppy than malty to me, even though it does have a little bit of biscut sweetness in it. Does get grassy in the end and it is a bit of a turn off to me. Would have rather have the sweetness than a bitter end to the beer. Or the other way around.

D-- Not my style, to be up front. Only one is sufficient. I really liked the sweetness in the smell and wish this was more fruit forward. Would be pretty good then. Summer beer only and decent drinkability for the summer. 5.6% is not that bad at all and do not really get much of the ABV in it

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a light fizzy head and leaves a little lace.

S - sav blanc like aromas - lemon, grapefruit and light hoppiness

T - get pretty much the same as lemon, or even shandy like with some passion fruit and a slight spicy and mild bitter finish

M- medium carbonation and light bodied

O- interesting beer, very refreshing and would go down well on a hot summers day.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright golden color with a decent amount of bubbly white head that sticks around for a while. Smells a little bit yeasty, and sweet & grapey, like a fruity white wine, which I guess isn't that surprising considering it's from a winery. There's also a little spiciness in the aroma as well, pepper maybe. The taste is also very sweet and winey. Not a lot of bitterness or hoppyness there at all. It's a lot like a wine cooler, only not as over the top. Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth, not much in the way of carbonation, so it's not scraping, but it's not creamy, either. Overall, it's fairly drinkable, especially if you're a wine drinker having a beer. I'm a beer drinker though.

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Photo of jimiboi
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, straw coloured liquid which pours a lot of head with light lacing on the glass.

S: light citrusy aroma; the sauvin hops are a nice touch.

T: passionfruit, finishing with light grapefruit taste

M: bitterness in back of throat, well balanced carbonation, finishing with spicy warmth on the tip of the tongue.

O: nice drop, has good and bad characteristics, but nothing really stands out - a bit light-on in the smell and taste department for my palate.

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Photo of soju6
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color the a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of fruit, some malt sweetness and bit of grain.

T: Taste is a bit of citrus and some malt sweetness, grain and fruit. light bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp smooth and refreshing. Nice balance.

O: easy drinker, quite enjoyable. good for a few.

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Photo of machalel
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale and clear light gold with a good white head, leaving a bit of lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Hints of citrus, passionfruit, and cut-grass. Light hops and a little yeasty note.

Taste: Slightly sweet, focus is on citrus and light grainy malt. Some cut-grass again, with a slightly peppery and bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium-low body and medium carbonation. Fairly standard, but well balanced.

Overall: A much better lager than most Australian options, but not worth the expensive purchase price. It almost stradles the line between a light but simple sesionable beer and a heavier but complex savouring beer.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Porters Northwood, poured into a Great Divide Cervoise goblet.

Nice see-through, sparkling appearance, very pale golden, light straw. Had a white fluffy head that poured at an inch and settled above film.

Smells of home-grown passionfruit and a fair bit of it. Stays with it for some time.

Taste has the same passionfruit as the smell, home-grown. Tastes sweet, but not over the top. Fruity.

Good solid body, well hidden ABV for the size of this lager. Late bitterness which is noticeable but not over the top.

Decent beer, not the most sessionable. Nice lager experience nonetheless.

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Photo of Daniell
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours with an impressive head, good lacing, unattractive yellow peey pilsener colour (to me at least), but I guess it's to style and the head and lacing more than make up for it. 4.

S: Passionfruit. Tempered with an "Australian beer" smell. There's definitely a yeast smell that sort of reminds me of Cooper's prominent in the nose. 3.5

T: Passionfruit, sour citrus, tempered with a little bit of bitterness at the back of the palate. 3.5

M: I guess it's about right for the style. 4

D: 3.5 This is nice but I almost find myself craving a bit more substance- perhaps some more malt as well as some more bitterness. It's not that far from style though. And there is a wholesome lingering bitterness there, even if it is subtle. 3.5

A nice beer, not sure if I'd bother getting it again with more interesting offerings available though.

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Photo of Brauluver
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wanky bottle that helps to inflate the price.

Nice golden colour,poor head retention .

Lychee/passionfruit aroma is bold with crispy malt undertone.

Flava is a fruit salad mix that reminds me of a simcoe/ammarillo blend I brewed once.sweet and round mouthfeel through to a dry crisp semi bitter finish..

Its a lager that wants to be an ale(ala LC Bright ale) only it has a nicer crispy bitter lager finish.

The thinner body is probably what lets it down.Other wise its an interesting beer.

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Photo of rizzo
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drink this beer if you want to know what Nelson Sauvin hops taste like - pear, apples, tropical fruit aroma and flavour. Balanced reasonably well, more pilsener than lager like. Would have liked a bit more solid malt backing and maybe Ale esters rather than a clean crisp finish.
Worth seeking out. Small batch brewery - very variable in quality. Suspect it wouldn't travel well as this hop is known for it's instability.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into standard schooner glass and notice the head vanish immediately leaving no lacing. Nice clear pale citrusy/straw appearance. Initial Sauvignon Blanc esters from the Nelson Sauvin hops are interesting (especially for us wine industry types) but this interesting point of difference is barely perceptible after a few minutes. What is left is a crisp but dry lager with a very delicate maltiness that is very well balanced but kinda uninteresting. About the same level of interest as some of the cold filtered commercial bilge like Carlton Cold or Tooheys Extra Dry but nowhere near as bad. It's crisp with a sparkly mouthfeel and rather drinkable on a Summer day but expensive for what it is. I certainly like it but after the excitement of the Sav Blanc aroma there's not much else to say.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale gold pour. Inch-high persistent head.
Aroma is very "new-world": lychee, passionfruit, quite floral and grassy. Supported by sweet biscuity malt.
Similar flavours, with bready/biscuity malts, green/grassy hops and an assertive bitterness that combines with the malt to create an impressive lasting finish.
Great body and carbonation for the style.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from local grocery store. From notes.

A - Poured a light golden colour with strong carbonation. Three fingers of fluffy and soapy white head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Tropical fruit was dominant with some noble hop and grass and lemon.

T - Nice tropical fruit hop. Not much else involved. Lot's of Kiwi hop.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a good bitterness.

O/D - Tasty lager. Hop forward and easy drinking. Not bad.

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Photo of Stew41
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally have got around to trying this beer and I have to say it’s deserved of the hype. Visually lacks excitement; just your standard light amber premium lager-like hue. Bouquet is choco-block full of passion fruit abd grassy herbal notes. As others have rightly observed very wine / sav blanc like (minus the sweaty notes sometimes found in Kiwi savvys). Overt fruit notes drop off in the mouth but are more than adequartely replaced with floral fruits / hops and a firming, bitter finish. Very different and really does push the fruit / floral aromas very well.

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Photo of brendan13
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a decent size head that quickly disappears. Leaves very little lacing. Interesting labeling with a bit about the beer and the history of the brewery.

S - This is the standout feature of this beer. The Sauvin hops gives this a very fresh fruity smell, as would be expected. I get passionfruit, a bit of lemon maybe some melon.

T - For the style, the taste is pretty good. Quite crisp and refreshing with a bit of a fruity tartness towards the end.

M - A very light feeling beer given its 5.6%ABV. I guess the hops hides the alcohol.

D - Good session beer for the sort of weather we've been having here lately (38c).

It's a pricey beer but I guess that's to be expected given that it's made by a winery as opposed to a proper brewery. Some people may criticise them for making a beer to cash in on a growing premium beer market but I think it's a good thing. Could be a good "educating" beer. For example, my Corona drinking sister would probably like it.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review refers to the 640mL longneck, best before 19 Jun 08. A 640mL longneck? wtf? How big are the glasses we're supposed to drink this out of, presuming one bottle is meant for two people?

Appearance: Looks good in a stemmed pilsener glass, not a very dense head but quite a bit of lacing and a good amount of carbonation. Beer is gold, head is white. Looks pretty standard so far.

Smell: Definitely an unusual mix of aromas. When I was having my first sip I noticed someone else detected lychee - that's definitely there, and not one I'd expect or normally pick out either. Good spotting. Peach and white grape as previously mentioned as well. Pretty heady and impressive for a brewery that only makes the one beer!

Taste: Sweet, fruity and a bit girly. Not very gutsy in the hops department, barely any aftertaste. Some strange characteristics on the side of the tongue, could be skunkiness, not sure because I'm not familiar with whatever hops they used. Seems like this brew is designed to be taken to a classy restaurant for people to sip and appreciate their own sophistication, however the brew is a bit sweet and not subtle enough to bring out the flavour in anything except plain rice. A bit like a dessert beer - this wouldn't be the beer to choose after you've had a few others, or even a single hoppy IPA. Good in its way though, and it would be very refreshing cold on a hot day.

Mouthfeel: Pretty fair, not much to say, you can taste the beer while it's in your mouth but any lasting flavours disappear quickly.

Drinkability: Considering this was only $6.95 (probably because people weren't buying this beer at double the price or more), I should have bought more than two. That's the price I pay for a pint of good beer at the pub, and this has the flavour of a fresh tap beer at bottle shop prices. Yeah, I'll get some more, and I wouldn't mind another one right away, why not.

Overall: Better than I remember it, impressive aromas, pretty unique, but still ostensibly a beer made by and for wankers.

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Photo of mkultra
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Golden yellow in colour. Moderate corbonation with average head on okay head retention. Nice colour, but appearance is not this beers best qaulity.


Smell: Floral, with a hint passionfruit aroma. Not too different from your typical pilsener.


Taste: Very nice lager. Hint of the abovementioned passionfruit, slight bitterness, and coppery flavours with a very well balanced bittersweet linger on the palate. The brewer seems to have brought his wine making skills along to the brewing process. The balance is the standout. Top marks here.


Mouthfeel: Very smooth mouthfeel, the small bubbles dance on the tongue.


Drinkability: Overall this is a very good beer. A well balanced pilsener. I will be heading up to the local bottlestore for 4 pack of these again and again this summer. A very nice addition to the Australia beer selection anywhere.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Handsome bottle. Drunk from a champagne flute. No real head, just a few bubbles on top. Looks like a clear yellowy wine with a single stream of single file bubbles escalating up the middle of the glass. Very different look.

S - Canned peach, green apple and rockmelon, nice balance of sweet and sour.

T - Again, well balanced with the acidity of white grape and green apple with the sweetness of peach and melon. The sauvin hops are clearly recognisable.

M - Very light body with a low carbonation.

O - Refreshing and lively, but as close to sauvignon blanc as pilsner. Im not a big fan of white wine but appreciate the achievement of this finey balanced lager.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear pineapple gold colour. Medium white fluffy head and some lacing. Fruity aroma of passionfruit and white wine. Tastes of white wine and green grapes with some sour pineapple and passionfruit flavour. Underlying slightly sweet malt. Distinct sauvin hops at the finish add some bitterness. Light lager mouthfeel. A very good Australian pale lager.

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Photo of madvoice
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really light amber colour with a nice froth of head. It stayed around for a while and left some lacing on the glass. I was very surprised with the aroma. It is very distinctive and is much like the aroma of a wine which isn't surprising where this beer comes from. An instantaneous blast of passionfruit and rose scent hit the nose and it got better from there. The taste was very fruity as well and it mimics the smell very well. Very smooth and full bodied with a crisp aftertaste. Is quite lightly carbonated. I expected something a lot fizzier. It reminds me of a fruity reisling but made into a beer. I could drink this all day if it wasn't for the fact it is a little pricey. Nice drop.

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Photo of norwichboy
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather pale looking yellow beer, with not much carbonation evident. The small white head does not retain well. So far so mediocre. But then you smell it. Jesus, this sauvin hops blurb isn't just a gimmick, it really does smell like sauvignon blanc - very aromatic with lots of tropical aromas: lychee, kiwi fruit and melon. Really quite different and a real pleasure to experience. To taste, it is more subdued, but with just enough bitterness and a good length of finish. The carbonation is not very strong - a little flat even.

Overall, the aroma from the sauvin hops makes it interesting and enjoyable. It's a definite must try, and I'll look out for this again when I fancy a lager.

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Photo of goodbyesoberday
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer with the stunning aroma - oodles of white grape, lychee, mango that just bursts with freshness. Low head retention on a delicate straw-coloured beer. Big aroma punch carries through to buoyant hop flavour backed by a moderate but good bitterness and some subtle pale sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel and body fall down somewhere in the middle (doughnut beer), probably due to the upfront hop domination. However, that's just picking faults, it's still very well balanced and an exceptional drop. Costs too much to buy regularly though.

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Photo of emmaxwell
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured straight from the fridge into my Hobgoblin Pint Glass (thin/tall glass).

Appearance:
Poured a nice thick 2 finger head, with thick white lacing coating the glass on each sip. The white lacing from the first sip stayed in place until the end. Great head retention.
Pours a very inviting rich yellowy/gold colour.

Smell:
Had a great fresh fruity smell, with a hint of floral coming through as well. I was amazed by the smell of this beer, absolutely amazing. Thumbs up to the Sauvin hops.

Taste:
Crisp, fruity, fresh yet with a slight spicy edge, however not too strong. The beer tastes lighter than the 5.6%ABV would make you think. Very refreshing on a hot day, wish I had a few more in the fridge.

Mouthfeel:
Nice carbonation throughout the drinking experience, very light on the tongue, a nice smooth lager variety.

Overall:
A great beer, nice taste, amazing smell. A wonderful choice of beer on a hot summers day.

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Knappstein Reserve Lager from Enterprise Brewery (Knappstein Wines)
88 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.
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